Exploring the past in a group setting
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Most memory work is undertaken in groups and a basic understanding of how to plan and run a group is therefore essential if success is to be achieved. This chapter focuses largely on the application of group work skills to memory sharing groups for people with learning disabilities. General advice on planning groups and on the stages of group work are introduced, together with an overview of the different activities and skills that might be used within memory work. The chapter provides advice on introducing the concept of exploring the past to one's clients and colleagues. Every group has to come to an end at some point. It is best that this is planned so that individuals can prepare for it rather than feel that they have been abandoned after sharing so much of themselves. Although talking about the past can be a beneficial activity in itself, there are benefits to be gained from the creative expression of memories.